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MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment


Course Description

Masters in Environmental Building

Climate change poses two key challenges to modern architecture: how can buildings be made sustainable, and how can they be designed to take account of the effects of climate change? This masters degree faces these challenges through a unique combination of academic study with hands-on practical work, giving you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to develop an environmental career in the built environment sector.

The course uses the concepts of sustainability and adaptation transformation to frame an understanding of the built environment at the community and individual buildings level. Key building issues covered by the course include: energy management and low energy design, sustainable materials, environmental performance assessment and energy provision. Students may further pursue interests in urban design, communities, ecology, water, ecological sanitation, politics and economics.

Taught either by distance learning or through residential blocks in one of the most imaginative environmental buildings in the UK. The programme draws on our own expertise and a wide selection of specialist guest lecturers; people who have made exceptional contributions to thinking and action in the environmental and built environment sectors.

Successful completion of the programme MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology leads to the award of Master of Science (MSc) by UEL.

Modules include:
- Sustainability and adaptation concepts and planning
- Ecosystem Services, Land use and Water and Waste Management
- Adaptation Transformation Politics and Economics
- Cities and Communities
- Energy Flows in Buildings – Parts A and B
- Energy Provision (Renewable Energy)
- Building Performance Assessment and Evaluation
- Sustainable Materials in the Built Environment
- Built Environment Applied Project or Built Environment Practice Based Project

Why study at CAT?

Studying at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a truly unique experience. For the past 40 years CAT has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, pioneering low-carbon living and renewable technology. At the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE), students benefit from our extensive practical and academic knowledge, graduating with the skills needed to become leading players in the sustainability sector.

At CAT, hands-on learning takes place side by side with academic study. Residential on-site block learning weeks are taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), an inspiring learning environment. Nestled in a disused slate quarry on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, CAT is a living laboratory for paractical, sustainable solutions. It contains some of the most innovative and renowned environmentally conscious buildings in the country, as well as one of the most diverse range of installed renewable technologies, on site water and sewage treatment, sustainably managed woodland and acres of organic gardens.

It is a flexible degree, taught in blocks taken either with an intensive residential stay of five or six nights at the centre, or by distance learning. MSc students are free to choose between these teaching modes for every module. There is a choice of modules, taken over one year or two – meaning the degree can be part time. It is a masters degree designed to give you the best possible experience whilst also meshing neatly with the pressures of modern professional and family life.

Optional residential module weeks include lectures, seminars, group work and practicals. Applied work tends to dominate later in the week once we have laid the theoretical groundwork. These module weeks provide a truly immersive environment to escape daily life and apply yourself to new learning. Many eminent experts give guest lectures or hold seminars during these modules, as it is a course which seeks to draw on the expertise and learning of the whole environmental sector.

Is this the course for you?

If you would like to visit for an overnight stay during a module, where you can attend lectures and workshops and meet staff and students, please contact Kit Jones:

Visit the MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment page on the Centre for Alternative Technology website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mr Anu van Warmelo

1421.png I work as a sustainability consultant, specialising in communities. The MSc gave me the expertise I required for this job, yet without limiting my broad interests. This was particularly true for my thesis where I designed a sustainability calculator - like a carbon footprint calculator, but covering all the aspects of sustainability including economic and social well-being. I do travel a lot, which is not ideal but necessary sometimes in order to do consultations and feasibility studies. For the first two years after graduating though I stayed in Herefordshire where I got funding to set up what I called a Blitz Cafe - a place that enhances community cohesion through concerns about the environment, a place that is for everyone, not just 'greenies'. This is still going - now without me - and has moved onto more practical work, which was always the intention. I have since been working elsewhere, such as Abergavenny where we have been attempting to start a new type of centre that serves all aspects of the community. The work is always interesting and suits me in that it has not been full time, as I have several projects on the go, including film work and writing novels.

(Student Profile)

Mischa Hewitt

I currently work for the Low Carbon Trust as a project manager and sustainability consultant.

Studying the course considerably broadened my horizons and extended my network of like minded people interested in building a better world. The knowledge gained from lectures, practicals and writing my thesis has been invaluable in driving forward my work in sustainable construction.  Before the course I had lots of practical experience, but the course helped me to develop critical thinking to evaluate this and crystallise my ideas, which has been useful in developing new projects and courses.  Am currently in the process of revising my thesis into the second edition of the book I am a co-author of: Earthships: building a zero carbon future, this will be published by IHS in spring 2012


(Scholarship)

CAT Scholarship - Single Award

Blogs must be submitted in a Word document or .pdf format.
Entries must be received by 12.00pm on Friday 24th July 2015.
All entries must be submitted either electronically to [email protected] Late entries will not be considered.
Winners will be contacted by Friday 26th June 2015
To see the full terms and conditions: http://gse.cat.org.uk/scholarship-tandc
If you have not yet applied for the course, please also submit an application alongside your scholarship entry
For further advice or if you have any queries, please contact the Graduate School Marketing Officer, [email protected] or on 01654 704954

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

For people enrolling in one of the following programmes starting September 2015 at the Centre for Alternative Technology:
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning
MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment
Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies

Application Procedure

All entrants must:-submit a 600-800 word scientific blog or article
The blog or article should cite at least three peer-reviewed studies (Google Scholar is a useful tool for finding studies, many of which are freely available).
The topic of the blog or article should be:
For the Sustainability and Adaptation courses (all three): an aspect of sustainability or adaptation to environmental change of particular importance to you.
For the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment course: is it better for a house to be offgrid rather then grid connected? OR an aspect of sustainable energy of particular importance to you.
For the Professional Diploma in Architecture: an inspiring sustainable design project of particular importance to you OR one of your own sustainable design projects.
Entries must be submitted by 12.00pm on Friday 24th July 2015.

Further Information

http://gse.cat.org.uk/scholarship


(Scholarship)

The Amar-Franses and Foster-Jenkins Scholarship - Single Award

The Amar-Franses and Foster-Jenkins Bursary offers funding for postgraduate students on CAT’s Renewable Energy and the Built Environment MSc or any of our Sustainability and Adaptation MSc programmes.Established in 2002 for the specific purpose of supporting students in the arts and sciences, the Amar-Franses and Foster-Jenkins Trust is generously funding this bursary. They are offering a total of £7,000 to be awarded to one or more CAT students who will commence their studies in September 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

7000

Eligibility

The Scholarship is only for students wanting to start a Master's Degree at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Find out more about the programmes offered in Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Adaptation and the Built Environment: http://gse.cat.org.uk/Successful applicants will be those able to demonstrate a passion for their area of study combined with a good quality academic record. The Trust is particularly keen to encourage applicants who are finding it difficult to secure funding from elsewhere.

Application Procedure

Grant applications must be made on the bursary application form and sent to Kit Jones at [email protected] The deadline for applications 25th July 2016.

Further Information

http://gse.cat.org.uk/bursary


(Scholarship)

The Sir John Houghton Bursary - Single Award

Sir John has had an illustrious career as one of the world’s most eminent climate scientists, including being co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scientific Assessment Working Group and a former Chief Executive of the Met Office.A long term supporter of the work of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Sir John says:‘I have spent a lifetime studying the atmosphere and the climate and latterly have been concerned with the reality of human induced climate change. I now want to help the next generation tackle this serious problem, possibly the biggest the world faces.’

Value of Scholarship(s)

4500

Eligibility

Thanks to a generous donation from Sir John Houghton, CAT is able to offer an annual bursary of £4,500 to a promising postgraduate student who demonstrates that they have an excellent academic record and a passion for tackling climate change.

Application Procedure

Grant applications must be made on the bursary application form and sent to Kit Jones at [email protected] The deadline for applications 26th June 2016.

Further Information

http://gse.cat.org.uk/bursary



Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in any dicipline. Students who do not possess formal qualifications but who can demonstrate that they have gained appropriate knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard and that they will benefit from and contribute to the programme, may be accepted. UEL and CAT are strongly committed to widening participation and equal opportunities for all. For international students: TOEFL at 550 or an IELTS score of 6.0 in English language

Course Fees

UK/EEA: £5,775. International: £6,875 (+ optional £2,000 full board food and accommodation)


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